Unique Eats

Skippers Dockside in Key Largo includes a view of a wide canal with boats, pelicans and, the historic African Queen steaming past.

Tiki bars you’ll love in the Florida Keys

If you want to savor the flavor of the Florida Keys, spend a little time at a tiki bar. Our favorites profiled here are unpretentious waterfront spots where you’ll get good fresh fish, fried everything and a big serving of Keys atmosphere.

Hogfish Grill: Where Key West locals go for fresh fish

Hogfish Grill: Where Key West locals go for fresh fish

Everyone wants to discover that funky inexpensive spot where locals go. In Key West, that would be Hogfish Bar & Grill on Stock Island, which wins raves for fresh off-the-boat seafood.

Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda is located in a Cracker cabin under spreading oak trees.

Peace River Seafood: Cracker cabin is a real crab shack

Peace River Seafood in Punta Gorda is a true Florida crab shack; they don’t come more authentic than this. From its 1927 Cracker cabin to the buckets of fresh blue crabs, it’s a little piece of old Florida.

Rustic Inn: Boisterous Old Florida crab shack

Rustic Inn: Boisterous Old Florida crab shack

Fort Lauderdale’s Rustic Inn is a classic. Their “world famous garlic crabs” draw hundreds of people every night to this old Florida restaurant, tucked away on Ravenswood Road, just west of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. You’ll find it from the sound of wooden mallets pounding on the table every few minutes.

Lionfish (Photo: Gustavo Duran via Flickr)

A Florida delicacy: Invasive lionfish, fresh from local waters

Lionfish are gobbling up native species on Florida Keys reefs. Now you can gobble them up instead. Several Florida restaurants are serving lionfish, said to be delicious.

Motorcycles line up in front of the weathered building.

Alabama Jack’s in Key Largo is the manliest restaurant around

Alabama Jack’s, the funky open-air bar and restaurant in the middle of mangroves near Key Largo, is the only Florida restaurant in the running for the title Manliest Restaurants in America by Men’s Health magazine.

The Yearling: At restaurant near Ocala, eat like a cracker

The Yearling: At restaurant near Ocala, eat like a cracker

This historic restaurant near Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park at Cross Creek is a great place to eat like a cracker. It offers an old Florida ambiance and menu.

Archie’s: No shoes, no shirt, no problem

Archie’s: No shoes, no shirt, no problem

FORT PIERCE — This iconic beach bar draws an amazing mix of bikers, tourists, locals and retirees to the north end of Hutchinson Island, and the staff here really hustles to deliver the food and drinks with chaotic precision.